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American Public Service: Constitutional and Ethical Foundations

Author(s): Sheila Kennedy, Professor of Law & Public Affairs, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
David Schultz, Professor, School of Business, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • ISBN-13: 9780763760021
  • ISBN-10:0763760021
  • Paperback    310 pages      © 2011
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Questions of ethics in public administration are increasingly in the news, where commentators seem too often detached from the sources of those ethics and their application to current political conflicts.

American Public Service: Constitutional and Ethical Foundations examines public administration ethics as contextualized by constitutional, legal, and political values within the United States. Through case studies, hypothetical examples, and an easy-to-read discussion format, the authors explore what these values mean for specific duties of government managers and for the resolution of many contemporary issues confronting public sector officials.

Key Features:

  • Describes the philosophical underpinnings of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights
  • Identifies the values that anchor and define what government and public administrators should do.
  • Indicates where these values fit into a framework for moral decision-making in the public sector, and how they apply to discussions of current controversies in public administration.
  • Written by authors with rich experience as both lawyers and academics in public administration programs.
Part  One  Defining the Constitutional Ethic
  Chapter  1  The Constitution, Law, and Public Service Ethics
  Chapter  2  American Political Culture and Constitutional Ethics
  Chapter  3  The Constitutional Foundations of a Public Service Ethic
Part  Two  Applying the Constitutional Ethic
  Chapter  4  The Constitution at Work: Representation, Neutrality, and the Public Interest
  Chapter  5  Justice, Equality and Difference: Ethics and The Fourteenth Amendment
  Chapter  6  Administrative Decision Making and the Constitutional Ethic
Part  Three  The Constitutional Ethic in the Twenty-First Century
  Chapter  7  Blurred Boundaries: Private Actors and Public Governance
  Chapter  8  Constitutional Ethics and Our Morphing Media
  Chapter  9  A Constitutional Ethic for a Postmodern Society

Sheila Kennedy-Professor of Law & Public Affairs, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis


Sheila Kennedy is a professor of law and public policy at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI, a member of the Philanthropic Studies faculty, an adjunct professor of Political Science, and a faculty fellow at both the Center for Religion and American Culture and the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence. Before joining the faculty, she worked in both government and the nonprofit sector. In addition to her classes in public administration and policy, she teaches courses in media and public affairs, and religion and public policy. She is the author/editor of six books and fifty-plus articles and book chapters on subjects ranging from the Bill of Rights, to privatization, to the influence of religious culture on American policy.

David Schultz-Professor, School of Business, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota

David Schultz is a Hamline University professor in the School of Business. He teaches classes in public administration and state and local government, including a course on government and public sector ethics. He also holds an appointment at the University of Minnesota Law School where he teaches election law, state constitutional law, and legal ethics. Holding both a law degree and a doctorate in political science, Professor Schultz has worked in state and local government and does extensive ethics training for local government. David is author/editor of more than 25 books and 70 articles on various aspects of law, government, ethics, and American politics.

  • " excellent introductory text ... draws upon the work of both classical thinkers and contemporary scholars, while referencing recent events and cultural trends to which students can relate. It presents rather complex political theory in a manner that is digestable, relevant, and even entertaining."

    —Shawn Flanigan, PhD, School of Public Affairs, San Diego State University

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